Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Cystic fibrosis ambassador Lauren 'Lo' Detrich dies at age 28
Tulsa World | Tim Stanley
Lauren 'Lo' Detrich: The Bishop Kelley graduate was honored with numerous awards for her fundraising efforts and community service. JoAnn Winn, executive director of the Sooner CF Foundation, praised Detrich's "spirit, her enthusiasm, her efforts for CF, even during her transplants. She changed my life. She's my reason for staying."
Inspired by words from the Book of Matthew - "And, lo, I am with you always " - Lauren "Lo" Detrich's nickname was a consoling reminder to her family members:
No matter what, they knew, she would never be alone.
They began calling her "Lo" as a newborn after learning that she had cystic fibrosis, an incurable lung disease that kills most sufferers before they reach 30.
To fight it, Detrich was going to need all the support, divine included, they could muster.
She got it in spades.
And in turn, she became a source of support for many others, in Tulsa and beyond. Reminding them that they, too, were not alone, the perky, blue-eyed blonde began at an early age to dedicate herself to her fellow cystic fibrosis patients.